I like unabridged novels. When I first joined Audible, many were abridged. That has changed. Non-fiction, politics, bios are favorites
This was an amazing listen. I do not follow tennis closely but I wish that I had watched him play more after hearing this book. He is brutally frank about his feelings for Pete and Brook but beautifully frank about his love for his wife Steph. Graff. What a lonely life and what a happy finish.
I wish it were Agassi read it himself but the Erik Davies did a splendid job.
What a life Andre Agassi has lead. I applaud Andre for showing us his warts and helping us understand how they got there. It was fun being taken back to the go-go days of US Men's tennis in the 90s - so many great competitors and personalities. I think anyone who is curious or intrigued by Andre Agassi would enjoy this book, but there is a fair amount of tennis match recounting, so it helps if you like tennis. I blew through this book very quickly.
Liberal, retired, special ed teacher teacher from California (quite the cliche ) now living near Montreal. I love to play and watch tennis
I loved this book for it's honesty, introspection, warm/rich characters, and storytelling. Andre's inner dialog throughout the book puts you right there with him. As the french said go Andre go.
An avid fan, I was disheartened to read of Andre's suffering and angst. I thought he was a very sympathetic protagonist, and I couldn't stop listening to this. The tone of the book captured the man I'd so admired for his persistence, comeback, and what seemed to me, a philosophical grace in his later years. The narrator did a good job -- though I doubt Andre could have pronounced all the foreign names as well! At first it was hard to listen to Andre's autobiography in another voice but his; by the end, the two sort of became one to my ears.
This book gives a candid picture of the life of a top athlete. Tennis fans, especially those who have followed Agassi's career, will find it quite interesting. However, Erik Davies' reading of this book was one of the worst I've ever heard. He was breathy and whiny, making Agassi sound pathetic and others such as Steffi Graf sound weak and vulnerable. It's the only audiobook I've ever considered not completing because the narrator was so bad. If you can get past this irritating downside, the book itself is worth the read.
I would not. You have to be able to endure 20 chapters of Andre talking about how horrible his father and coaches are while he gives too many 'whoa as me' details about his life. Way too much repetition of similar stories over and over again, just a different year. The only redeeming factor is when he met Stephanie Graff and he seemed to find his happiness and hit his stride. I admire Andres work in his foundation.
The narrator was fine.
I think you would need to be an absolute Agassi mega fan to like this book. I never watch tennis.
I never read the printed version
I never knew, he had a wig. It was incredible to know he was more nervous about that, that for the match.
When he finally noticed he was done for the game. Once he played against Roger Federer and knew, he was going to be # 1.
You don't always turn out to be what you want!
Andre's honesty and openness. By the end of the book you feel like you know him, and doubtful he's the guy you thought you knew watching from afar over the years. I love his heart, his spirit, and his passion. The narrator does a great job in conveying his emotional journey.
Yes. Too long for one sitting, but I did find it hard to put down.
Wonderfully written and narrated book. I was always a fan of Andre's, however, I have gained a new level of respect and admiration. If you are interested in an inspiring autobiography and enjoy the game of tennis, it's a must read. Enjoy!
Agassi is candid and interesting. I wanted to learn what it is like to be a top flight tennis player, especially the psychological aspects of the sport -- what players think about and how that affects their performance. That's all here in great detail. I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed listening. The narrator is really good too.